Bezeq Group Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq Chairman: "We welcome the regulatory changes that are intended to create a level playing field in the communications market, one that will create consumer well-being along with operational efficiency."

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL--(Marketwire -05/09/12)- Bezeq - The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Ltd. (BEZQ.TA), Israel's leading telecommunications provider, today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Details regarding the investor conference call and webcast to be held today are included later in this press release.

Bezeq Group's first quarter 2012 financial highlights (compared to first quarter 2011):

  • Revenues: NIS 2.74 billion, a decrease of 5.9%

  • Operating profit: NIS 850 million, an increase of 27.8%

  • Net profit attributable to shareholders: NIS 582 million, an increase of 43.0%

  • Earnings per diluted share: NIS 0.21, an increase of 40.0%

  • EBITDA: NIS 1.21 billion, an increase of 20.8%

  • EBITDA margin: 44.1% of revenues, as compared to 34.3%

  • Free cash flow*: NIS 585 million, an increase of 26.6%

  • Net debt-to-EBITDA: 1.37, as compared to 1.00

  • Capex to sales: 17.0%, as compared to 17.6%

* Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less net payments for investments

Management Review

Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq Chairman, said after publication of the Group's financial statements: "Bezeq's strategy of long-term investments in advanced infrastructure, innovative services and top grade service has proven itself in the first quarter of the year even as the domestic communications market is becoming more and more competitive. This is also a challenging time for the Company as it faces comprehensive regulatory changes in its areas of operation. We welcome the regulatory changes that are intended to create a level playing field in the communications market, one that will create consumer well-being along with operational efficiency."

Alan Gelman, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO of Bezeq, commented, "Bezeq's diversification and technological and financial strength was reflected in our first quarter results. Our Fixed Line segment showed top line growth primarily driven by demand for broadband access speed upgrades across our NGN infrastructure and higher transmission and data sales. Fixed Line growth was offset by lower revenues from the Group's Pelephone mobile segment which was negatively influenced by regulatory changes enacted in 2011 and operates in a highly competitive environment. Group profitability measures including operating profit, net profit, and EBITDA performance all posted double-digit percentage gains year-over-year, benefiting from the absence of an employee retirement provision in the first quarter of 2012. In addition, cash flows during the quarter improved sequentially and year-over-year.

We continue to show impressive financial stability. Based on our solid first quarter performance we are reiterating Bezeq's full year 2012 financial guidance whereby we estimate that net profit, EBITDA, and revenues for 2012 will be similar to those of 2011. In addition, we expect free cash flow in 2012 to improve compared to 2011, mainly due to the improvement in working capital and the completion of the NGN project and submarine cable deployment.

We continue to return value to shareholders with the planned NIS 1.574 billion cash distribution to be made on May 21st, 2012. This amount includes a NIS 1.074 billion dividend in accordance with our regular dividend policy in addition to a NIS 500 million repayment of the debt reflecting the third of six equal semi-annual payments as part of the Company's three year distribution of the capital reduction," concluded Mr. Gelman.

Bezeq Group Results (Consolidated)

Revenues of the Bezeq Group in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 2.74 billion compared with NIS 2.91 billion in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 5.9%. Most of the decrease in the Group's revenues is due to the erosion of revenues from cellular services and from the decrease in revenues from the sale of cellular handsets.

Operating profit of the Group amounted to NIS 850 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with NIS 665 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 27.8%. EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.21 billion (EBITDA margin of 44.1%), compared with NIS 1 billion (EBITDA margin of 34.3%) in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 20.8%. Net profit attributable to Bezeq shareholders in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 582 million compared with NIS 407 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 43.0%.

The increase in operating profit, EBITDA and net profit stemmed from a provision of NIS 281.5 million for employee retirement recorded in the first quarter of 2011.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 998 million compared with NIS 775 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 28.8% due to changes in working capital. Net payments for investments in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 413 million compared with NIS 313 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 31.9%. As a result of the improved cash flow from operating activities, free cash flow in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 585 million compared with NIS 462 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 26.6%.

Gross capital expenditures (CAPEX), amounted to NIS 465 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared with NIS 513 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 9.4%. The level of CAPEX was impacted by the progress made in the NGN project. The Group's capex to consolidated revenues ratio in the first quarter of 2012 was 17.0%, compared with 17.6% in the corresponding quarter.

As of March 31, 2012, the gross financial debt of the Group was NIS 9.42 billion, compared with NIS 5.64 billion as of March 31, 2011. The net financial debt of the Group was NIS 6.65 billion compared with NIS 4.94 billion as of March 31, 2011. At the end of March 2012, the Group's net debt to EBITDA ratio was 1.37, compared with 1.00 at the end of March 2011.

 

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Bezeq Group (consolidated) Q1 2012 Q1 2011 Change
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(NIS millions)
Revenues 2,740 2,913 -5.9%
Operating profit 850 665 27.8%
EBITDA 1,208 1,000 20.8%
EBITDA margin 44.1% 34.3%
Net profit attributable to Company
shareholders 582 407 43.0%
Diluted EPS (NIS) 0.21 0.15 40.0%
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Cash flow from operating activities 998 775 28.8%
Payments for investments, net 413 313 31.9%
Free cash flow (1) 585 462 26.6%
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Net debt/EBITDA (end of period) (2) 1.37 1.00
Net debt/shareholders' equity (end of period) 2.05 1.66
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1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less
net payments for investments.
2 EBITDA in this calculation refers to the trailing twelve months.

Bezeq Fixed-Line Results

  • Revenues increased 1.8% year-over-year to NIS 1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2012

  • Increase of 56% year-over-year in average broadband speed per customer to 7.5 Mbps

Bezeq CEO Avi Gabbay: "Customers continued to choose Bezeq in the first quarter of 2012, with 10,000 new subscribers for our Internet services and 150,000 customers who upgraded their surfing speeds. This comes even in a quarter where the impact of recent regulatory changes was at its most severe."

Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.20 billion compared with NIS 1.18 billion in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 1.8%. The increase is based on, among other things, an increase in revenues from Internet and data services of 9.7% to NIS 541 million compared with the corresponding quarter. This increase stemmed primarily from upgrading of surfing speeds, which increased by 56% compared with the corresponding quarter, bringing the average up to 7.5 Mbps.

Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 539 million compared with NIS 211 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 155.5%. EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 717 million (EBITDA margin of 59.8%) compared with NIS 373 million (EBITDA margin of 31.7%) in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 92.2%. Net profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 348 million compared with NIS 123 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 182.9%.

Bezeq's operating profit, EBITDA and net profit in the first quarter of 2011 were negatively impacted by a provision of NIS 281.5 million for employee retirement.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 651 million compared with NIS 419 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 55.4%, and stemmed from changes in working capital.

Bezeq Fixed-line operations consolidated Bezeq's status as Israel's leader in Internet services, with the number of subscribers rising 3.9% compared with the corresponding quarter and numbering 1.12 million at the end of the quarter. This includes 10,000 new Internet subscribers who signed up during the quarter. Average revenue per user (ARPU) from Bezeq's broadband Internet in the first quarter was NIS 84 per month, an increase of 6.3% compared with the corresponding quarter, driven mainly by bandwidth upgrades.

The number of access lines at the end of the first quarter of 2012 was 2.37 million, an increase of 0.4% compared with the corresponding quarter. Average monthly revenue per line was NIS 74, compared with NIS 79 in the corresponding quarter.

 

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Bezeq Fixed-Line Q1 2012 Q1 2011 Change
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(NIS millions)
Revenues 1,199 1,178 1.8%
Operating profit 539 211 155.5%
EBITDA 717 373 92.2%
EBITDA margin 59.8% 31.7%
Net profit (1) 348 123 182.9%
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Cash flows from operating activities 651 419 55.4%
Payments for investments, net 223 247 -9.7%
Free cash flow (2) 428 287 49.1%
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Number of active subscriber lines (end of
period, in thousands) (3) 2,368 2,358 0.4%
Average monthly revenue per line (NIS) (4) 74 79 -6.3%
Number of outgoing usage minutes (millions) 2,359 2,521 -6.4%
Number of incoming usage minutes (millions) 1,543 1,577 -2.2%
Churn rate (%) (5) 3.1% 3.2%
Number of broadband internet subscribers (end
of period, in thousands) 1,121 1,079 3.9%
Average monthly revenue per broadband internet
subscriber (NIS) 84 79 6.3%
Average broadband speed per subscriber (end of
period, Mbps) 7.5 4.8 56.3%
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1 Excluding share in profits/losses of equity-accounted investees.
2 Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less
net payments for investments.
3 Inactive subscribers are those whose lines have been physically
disconnected (except for a subscriber in the first three months of
collection proceedings).
4 Not including revenues from data communications and transmissions
services, internet services, services to communications providers, and
contract and other services. Based on average subscribers for the period.
5 Churn rate is calculated according to the number of telephone subscribers
who have disconnected from the Company's services during the period,
divided by the average number of telephone subscribers during the period.

Pelephone Results

  • Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.24 billion compared with NIS 1.45 billion in the corresponding quarter due to erosion of tariffs and a decrease in the number of handsets sold

  • Revenues from data, content and value added services grew by 8.5% and amounted to NIS 307 million representing 39.6% of Pelephone's revenues from cellular services

Gil Sharon, CEO of Pelephone: "Pelephone delivered good operating performance compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, although compared with the year ago quarter we clearly are feeling the effects of the regulatory changes and the new competition, which caused an erosion in Pelephone's profitability. Despite the ongoing erosion of air-time tariffs, compared to the sequential quarter, Pelephone posted stable revenues, an increase of 1.9% in operating profit, and an increase of 5.9% in net profit. EBITDA remained stable at 32.3% of total revenues. We have continued our streamlining efforts in recent months and are preparing for increased competition in the industry, and have recently launched our innovative 'unlimited' packages in response to market trends."

Total revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 1.24 billion compared with NIS 1.45 billion in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 14.2%.

Revenues from services in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 834 million compared with NIS 949 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 12.1%. The decrease stemmed primarily from tariff erosion as a result of more intense competition and from the transition to multi-minute and SMS packages.

Revenues from data, content services and value added services (VAS) in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 307 million representing 39.6% of Pelephone's revenues from cellular services, compared with NIS 283 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 8.5%.

Revenues from handsets in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 410 million compared with NIS 501 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 18.2%. The decrease stemmed from a reduction in the number of handsets sold compared with the corresponding quarter.

Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 267 million compared with NIS 399 million, a decrease of 33.1%. EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 402 million (EBITDA margin of 32.3%), compared with NIS 539 million in the corresponding quarter (EBITDA margin of 37.2%), a decrease of 25.4%. Net profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 216 million compared with NIS 310 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 30.3%. The decrease in Pelephone's profitability metrics stemmed primarily from increased competition in the past year, which contributed to lower segment revenues.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 294 million compared with NIS 308 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 4.5%.

Total Pelephone subscribers on March 31, 2012 numbered 2.876 million, compared with 2.861 million on March 31, 2011. During the current quarter, 29,000 new net subscribers joined Pelephone. The increase in the number of subscribers in the quarter is attributable to the increase in prepaid subscribers, partially offset by a decrease in postpaid subscribers.

Average monthly revenue per user (ARPU) in the first quarter of 2012 was NIS 97, compared with NIS 110 in the corresponding quarter.

Average monthly minutes of use per customer (MOU) increased in the first quarter of 2012 by 40 minutes to reach 399 minutes, compared with 359 minutes in the corresponding quarter. The increase in MOU is primarily related to the transition to multi-minute and SMS packages.

 

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Pelephone Q1 2012 Q1 2011 Change
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(NIS millions)
Total revenues 1,244 1,450 -14.2%
Service revenues 834 949 -12.1%
Equipment revenues 410 501 -18.2%
Operating profit 267 399 -33.1%
EBITDA 402 539 -25.4%
EBITDA margin 32.3% 37.2%
Net profit 216 310 -30.3%
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Cash flows from operating activities 294 308 -4.5%
Payments for investments, net 115 133 -13.5%
Free cash flow (1) 179 175 2.3%
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Total subscribers (end of period, in
thousands) (2, 6) 2,876 2,861 0.5%
Average revenue per user (ARPU, NIS) (3, 6) 97 110 -11.8%
Average monthly minutes of use per subscriber
(MOU) (4, 6) 399 359 11.1%
VAS revenues as % of total cellular service
revenues 39.6% 32.1%
Churn rate (5, 6) 3.9% 5.0%
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1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating
activities less net payments for investments.
2 Subscriber data excludes inactive subscribers connected to Pelephone's
services for six months or more. An inactive subscriber is one who in the
past six months has not received or made at least one call or who has not
paid for Pelephone's services.
3 Average monthly revenue per subscriber is calculated by dividing total
revenue from cellular services, repair services and warranty in the period
by average active subscribers in the same period.
4 Average monthly use per subscriber (in minutes) is calculated according
to a monthly average of total outgoing and incoming minutes in the period,
divided by the average total number of active subscribers in the same
period.
5 Churn rate is calculated according to the proportion of subscribers who
have disconnected from the Company's services and subscribers who have
become inactive during the period, divided by the total number of average
active subscribers during the period.
6 In the 2011 report, due to the increased transition of subscribers to
prepaid plans in the first months of the year, after reduction of the exit
fees, Pelephone decided not to count as "active" subscribers those who
made no calls during the fourth quarter. As a result, Pelephone deleted
approximately 91,000 subscribers. They were deleted retroactively from
each quarter in 2011 in which they were transferred to prepaid plans.
Consequently, the subscriber data, ARPU, MOU and churn rate were
retroactively adjusted in each quarter of 2011

Bezeq International Results

  • Bezeq International launched the submarine cable and Power NGN high-speed network, at the beginning of the first quarter and more than 50% of its customers are already surfing at speeds of 10 mbps or more

  • Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 grew by 1% to NIS 332 million compared with the corresponding quarter a year ago

Itzik Benbenisti, CEO of Bezeq International: "Bezeq International's success in Internet and ICT services was outstanding in the first quarter of 2012, which was characterized by regulatory changes and intense competition in its various areas of operation. The significant growth in Internet as well as in the recruitment of high speed internet customers on the submarine cable infrastructure, have resulted in more than 50% of Bezeq International's customers currently surfing at speeds of 10 Mbps or more. In addition, Bezeq International's consistent work and investment in ICT together with integration solutions and cloud computing for businesses have resulted in accelerated growth in this field."

Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 332 million compared with NIS 329 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 1%. Growth in sales of the company's Internet services on the submarine cable infrastructure and the new Internet network, which was launched at the beginning of the year, coupled with further growth in sales of ICT solutions, offset the ongoing erosion of revenues from international calls and from hubbing activities.

Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 50 million compared with NIS 61 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 19%. Net profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 36 million compared with NIS 46 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 22%. The decrease in operating profit and net profit stemmed primarily from an increase in the company's depreciation expenses as a result of investments in the submarine cable and additional investments in ICT.

EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 84 million (EBITDA margin of 25.3%) compared with NIS 85 million (EBITDA margin of 25.8%) in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 1%.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 58 million compared with NIS 42 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 39%. The increase stemmed mainly from an improvement in working capital. Free cash flow in the first quarter of 2012 was negative at NIS 12 million, mainly due to the completion of the investment in the submarine cable from Israel to Europe.

 

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Bezeq International Q1 2012 Q1 2011 Change
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(NIS millions)
Revenues 332 329 0.9%
Operating profit 50 61 -18.5%
EBITDA 84 85 -1.4%
EBITDA margin 25.3% 25.8%
Net profit 36 46 -22.1%
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Cash flows from operating activities 58 42 39.1%
Payments for investments, net 71 46 54.3%
Free cash flow (1) (12) (4)
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1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less
net payments for investments.

yes Results

  • Revenues increased 2.8% to NIS 417 million in the first quarter of 2012

  • Subscribers in the first quarter of 2012 numbered 585 thousand, an increase of 5,400 compared with the corresponding quarter and a decrease of 1,400 compared with the prior quarter

Ron Eilon, CEO of yes: "Yes' first quarter results reflect the competitive nature of the market for television services. While we believe Yes offers consumers the best television services available in the market, Yes must contend with groups that offer combination communications packages where Yes is currently restricted from offering similar packages. It is clear that the regulatory environment is a factor, nevertheless, time after time yes is proving its ability to cope in a mature and constantly evolving market. We are continuing to invest in our infrastructure, advanced services and original content, all aimed at further enhancing Yes' capabilities and consumer value proposition."

Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 417 million compared with NIS 406 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 2.8%. The increase stemmed mainly from an increase in sales of advanced services such as VOD and yesMaxTotal.

Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 52 million compared with NIS 61 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 15.9%. EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 118 million (EBITDA margin - 28.3%) compared with NIS 130 million (EBITDA margin - 32.0%) in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 9.2%. The decrease in operating profit and EBITDA stemmed from, inter alia, timing differences in advertising and marketing expenses.

Net loss in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 64 million compared with NIS 73 million in the corresponding quarter, an improvement of 13.0% mainly due to a decrease in financing expenses.

Profit before finance expenses to shareholders and taxes in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 23 million compared with NIS 20 million in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 10.3%.

Cash flow from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 116 million compared with NIS 141 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 18.0% primarily due to a reduction in supplier credit. Free cash flow in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 60 million compared with NIS 70 million in the corresponding quarter, a decrease of 15.2%.

ARPU in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to NIS 237 compared with NIS 234 in the corresponding quarter, an increase of 1.3%.

 

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yes Q1 2012 Q1 2011 Change
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(NIS millions)
Revenues 417 406 2.8%
Operating profit 52 61 -15.9%
EBITDA 118 130 -9.3%
EBITDA margin 28.3% 32.0%
Net profit (loss) (64) (73) 13.0%
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Cash flows from operating activities 116 141 -18.0%
Payments for investments, net 56 71 -20.7%
Free cash flow (1) 60 70 -15.2%
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Number of subscribers (end of period, in
thousands) (2) 585 580 0.9%
Average revenue per user (ARPU, NIS) (3) 237 234 1.3%
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1 Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less
net payments for investments.
2 Subscriber - one household or small business customer. For a business
customer with numerous intake points or decoders (such as a hotel, kibbutz
or gym), the number of subscribers is calculated by dividing the total
payment received from the business customer by the average revenue from a
small business customer.
3 ARPU includes total yes revenues (content and equipment, premium
channels, technical services, advanced services, one-time sales of
content, revenue from channels, internet and others) divided by average
subscribers for the period.

Conference Call & Web Cast Information

Bezeq will conduct a conference call hosted by Mr. Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq Chairman and Mr. Alan Gelman, Bezeq Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 4:00 PM Israel Time / 9:00 AM Eastern Time. Participants are invited to join the live conference call by dialing:

International Phone Number: + 972-3-918-0609
Israel Phone Number: 03-918-0609

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Bezeq corporate website at www.bezeq.co.il. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register for the webcast and download any necessary audio software.

A webcast replay will be made available on the investor relations section of the Bezeq corporate website. An automated telephone replay will also be available approximately three hours after the completion of the live call through Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Participants are invited to listen to the conference call replay by dialing:

International Phone Number: + 972-3-925-5901
Israel Phone Number: 03-925-5901

About Bezeq The Israel Telecommunication Corp.

Bezeq is Israel's leading telecommunications service provider. Established in 1984, the Company has led Israel into the new era of communications, based on the most advanced technologies and services. Bezeq and its subsidiaries offer the full range of communications services including domestic, international and cellular phone services; broadband Internet, and other data communications; satellite-based multi-channel TV; and corporate networks.

For more information about Bezeq please visit the corporate website at www.bezeq.co.il.

This press release contains general data and information as well as forward-looking statements about Bezeq. Such statements include expressions of management's expectations about new and existing programs, opportunities, technology and market conditions. Although Bezeq believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, these statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. These statements should not be regarded as a representation that anticipated events will occur or that expected objectives will be achieved. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement In addition, the realization and/or otherwise of the forward-looking information will be affected by factors that cannot be assessed in advance, and which are not within the control of the Corporation, including the risk factors that are characteristic of its operations, and developments in the general environment, and external factors and the regulation that affects the Corporation's operations.

This press release contains partial information from the public reports of Bezeq under the Israeli Securities Law 5728-1968 (the "Securities Law"), which reports can be accessed at the Israeli Securities Authority's website, www.magna.isa.gov.il. A review of this presentation is not a substitute for a review of the detailed reports of Bezeq under the Securities Law and is not meant to replace or qualify them; rather, the presentation is prepared merely for the convenience of the reader, with the understanding that the detailed reports are being reviewed simultaneously. No representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein.

This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities, and neither this presentation nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of or be relied upon in connection with any contract or commitment whatsoever.

 

"Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

Three months ended Year ended
March 31 December 31
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2012 2011 2011
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
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NIS million NIS million NIS million
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Revenues 2,740 2,913 11,373
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Operating expenses
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Depreciation and amortization 358 335 1,395
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Salaries 511 532 2,103
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General and operating expenses 1,044 1,131 4,494
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Other operating expenses (income),
net (23) 250 139
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1,890 2,248 8,131
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Operating profit 850 665 3,242
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Financing expenses (income)
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Financing expenses 132 102 599
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Financing income (176) (82) (389)
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Financing expenses (income), net (44) 20 210
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Profit after financing expenses,
net 894 645 3,032
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Share in losses of equity-accounted
investees 58 65 216
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Profit before income tax 836 580 2,816
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Income tax 245 174 755
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Profit for the period 591 406 2,061
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Attributable to:
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Owners of the Company 582 407 2,066
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Non-controlling interests 9 (1) (5)
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Profit for the period 591 406 2,061
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Earnings per share
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Basic and diluted earnings per
share 0.21 0.15 0.76
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"Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheets

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March 31, March 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2011
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(Unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
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Assets NIS million NIS million NIS million
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Cash and cash equivalents 1,473 681 1,352
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Investments, including derivatives 1,297 20 946
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Trade receivables 3,130 2,787 3,059
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Other receivables 349 274 286
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Inventory 225 246 204
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Assets classified as held for sale 25 20 23
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Total current assets 6,499 4,028 5,870
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Investments, including derivatives 101 129 119
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Trade and other receivables 1,442 1,299 1,499
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Property, plant and equipment 6,102 5,773 6,022
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Intangible assets 2,268 2,256 2,257
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Deferred and other expenses 280 281 282
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Investments in equity-accounted
investees (mainly loans) 1,041 1,068 1,059
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Deferred tax assets 188 299 223
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Total non-current assets 11,422 11,105 11,461
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Total assets 17,921 15,133 17,331
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Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)

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March 31, March 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2011
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(Unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
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Liabilities and equity NIS million NIS million NIS million
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Debentures, loans and borrowings 685 1,013 765
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Trade payables 894 1,032 890
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Other payables, including derivatives 892 1,042 792
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Current tax liabilities 481 313 397
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Deferred income 56 34 56
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Provisions 181 260 186
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Employee benefits 358 538 389
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Dividend payable 982 984 971
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Total current liabilities 4,529 5,216 4,446
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Debentures 4,592 1,914 4,663
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Loans 4,139 2,711 4,150
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Employee benefits 229 267 229
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Other liabilities 76 42 93
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Provisions 69 69 69
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Deferred tax liabilities 63 75 69
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Dividend payable 935 1,827 924
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Total non-current liabilities 10,103 6,905 10,197
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Total liabilities 14,632 12,121 14,643
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Equity
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Total equity attributable to equity
holders of the Company 3,246 2,970 2,650
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Non-controlling interests 43 42 38
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Total equity 3,289 3,012 2,688
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Total liabilities and equity 17,921 15,133 17,331
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"Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three months ended Year ended
March 31 December 31
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2012 2011 2011
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
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NIS million NIS million NIS million
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Cash flows from operating activities
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Profit for the period 591 406 2,061
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Adjustments:
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Depreciation 278 259 1,080
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Amortization of intangible assets 73 70 287
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Amortization of deferred and other
expenses 7 6 28
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Share in losses of equity-accounted
investees 58 65 216
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Financing (income) expenses, net (1) 36 293
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Capital gain, net (24) (44) (181)
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Share-based payments 20 43 167
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Income tax expenses 245 174 755
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Expenses (income) for derivatives,
net 5 - (19)
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Change in inventory (23) (70) (33)
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Change in trade and other
receivables (80) (321) (756)
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Change in trade and other payables 36 95 (131)
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Change in provisions (5) 9 (64)
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Change in employee benefits (31) 231 82
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Change in deferred and other income (18) - 50
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Net income tax paid (133) (184) (649)
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Net cash from operating
activities 998 775 3,186
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"Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Continued)

Three months ended Year ended
March 31 December 31
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2012 2011 2011
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
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NIS million NIS million NIS million
 
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Cash flow used in investing
activities
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Investment in intangible assets and
deferred expenses (75) (78) (355)
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Refund from the Ministry of
Communications for frequencies - - 36
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Proceeds from the sale of property,
plant and equipment 47 187 230
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Acquisition of financial assets held
for trading (1,100) (8) (2,859)
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Proceeds from the sale of financial
assets held for trading 750 - 1,967
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Purchase of property, plant and
equipment (385) (422) (1,548)
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Proceeds from disposal of investments
and long-term loans 88 1 11
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Acquisition of investments and long-
term loans (1) (1) (5)
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Proceeds (payment) for derivatives 4 (11) (5)
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Dividends received - - 3
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Interest received 4 3 34
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Net cash used in investing activities (668) (329) (2,491)
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"Bezeq" The Israel Telecommunication Corp., Limited
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Continued)

Three months ended Year ended
March 31 December 31
------------------------- ------------
2012 2011 2011
--------------------------------------
(unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
--------------------------------------
NIS million NIS million NIS million
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Cash flows used in financing
activities
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Issue of debentures - - 3,092
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Bank loans received - - 2,200
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Repayment of debentures (68) (92) (835)
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Repayment of loans (91) (9) (648)
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Net short-term borrowing - (1) (5)
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Dividends paid - - (3,155)
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Interest paid (46) (32) (377)
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Payment for derivatives - - (1)
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Net dividends paid to non-controlling
interests (4) - -
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Proceeds from exercise of options - 4 21
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Net cash from (used in) financing
activities (209) (130) 292
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Net increase in cash and cash 121 316 987
equivalents
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Cash and cash equivalents at the 1,352 365 365
beginning of the period
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Cash and cash equivalents at the end
of the period 1,473 681 1,352
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BEZEQ - Q1 2012 Press Release: http://hugin.info/151477/R/1610153/511688.pdf

Contact:
Investor Relations
Mr. Naftali Sternlicht
Bezeq
Phone: +972-2-539-5441
Email: ir@bezeq.co.il
Media Relations
Mr. Guy Hadass
Bezeq
Phone: +972-3-626-2600
Email: pr@bezeq.co.il

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